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The Quickening 

Bashir tries to help a planet in the grips of a Dominion-engineered plague that guarantees a painful death.


Rene Auberjonois


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Ellen Wheeler Ellen Wheeler ... Ekoria
Dylan Haggerty Dylan Haggerty ... Epran
Michael Sarrazin ... Trevean
Heide Margolis Heide Margolis ... Norva
Loren Lester ... Attendant
Alan Echeverria Alan Echeverria ... Patient


Bashir, Dax and Kira are on reconnaissance in the Gamma Quadrant when they receive a distress call from the Teplan system. The message says their world has been attacked. But, when Bashir and crew land, they find a world in a state similar to earth's dark ages, nor does it look like they'd been recently attacked. The people seem in a state of hopelessness, as Bashir finds out all the planet's inhabitants suffer from a disease called 'the blight.' Once, this world stood up to the Dominion, but as punishment they introduced the disease. All people have lesions, and when the disease runs its course ('quickened,' as they say) the infected die soon afterwards. The doctor's shocked to find the people turn to euthanasia when they have 'quickened'. A doctor, Trevean, provides a way out, and Bashir offers to help find a cure, but they're met only with skepticism. Only one pregnant woman, Ekoria, listens with interest. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Did You Know?


The picture of Quark on Worf's mug is a promotional shot of Armin Shimerman taken during the production of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993), the first episode of Deep Space Nine. At that time, Shimerman was still wearing the nose made for Rom, played by Max Grodénchik, which is why the picture looks slightly different from Quark's actual appearance. See more »


In the beginning of the episode, when Worf walks in holding the Quark mug from the Defiant's mess hall, he's holding it sideways. When he demonstrates it, holding it sideways plays the music, but it didn't when he walked in. However, the advertisements are probably designed only to play once per tipping of the mug, just as they play once when com panels are activated, so it had likely finished playing long before Worf entered. See more »


Epran: I canceled my death for you. I was really looking forward to it.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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The Dominion at Its Worst
25 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When the Borg was the penultimate force of evil, at least their efforts were random. The Dominion, for whatever reason, exacts cruelty. They really have nothing to fear from the galaxy but when offended, "punish" those who offend them. They are anything but random. It would be like killing off all the cats in our world for no reason other than watching them die. Julian comes to a world where this ugly force has put a curse on the people. They contract a plague that they are born with, live with, and then die, Not in a simple way, but rather in agony. Bashir's efforts involve his best technology and it fails, until there is a ray of hope. This is an incredibly moving piece. For a kind of parallel, try reading or watching "Children of Men."

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